Small, early morning earthquake jolts Vallejo

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Earthquakes are a relatively rare occurrence in Solano County, so when one does strike, it tends to generate a good amount of buzz.

Such was the case in Vallejo earlier this morning when a small earthquake shook people out of bed, based on numerous social media comments in local Facebook groups and on Twitter.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake had a strength of magnitude-2.7, though the agency’s “Did You Feel It?” reporting feature indicated the small earthquake was widely felt in the community.

On Facebook, some users complained that they heard loud explosions in the direction of Mare Island immediately following the earthquake, leading a few to speculate about possible infrastructure damage.

Later in the night, the source of the “explosions” was determined to be fireworks.

No damage or injuries were reported anywhere in the city, according to local officials.

It was at least the second earthquake to be felt in parts of Solano County this summer. In June, a small tremblor located over Grizzly Bay had some people in nearby Benicia shaking. The following month, a much-larger earthquake centered near the California-Nevada border was widely felt through Northern California, including parts of Solano County.


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